Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Beethoven's Triumphs

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Beethoven's Triumphs

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THE competition to find the region's favourite symphony goes on and we make no apologies for delivering the great Ludwig van Beethoven today.

For some people classical music begins and ends with the German composer who created some of his most famous works after going deaf.

On the shortlist of symphonies drawn up by Orchestra North East, four of Beethoven's nine symphonies are featured. Beethoven's 3rd (Eroica) and 6th (Pastoral) symphonies have already featured and today it's the turn of the 5th and the 7th.

Beethoven's 5th, his Symphony No. 5 in C minor, was written between 1804 and 1808. Arguably it is the most famous piece of classical music with its striking opening bars: "Da da da daaa; da da da daaa."

The premiere didn't go well but a year later there was another performance and the German music critic ETA Hoffmann raved about it.

Later he wrote: "How this wonderful composition, in a climax that climbs on and on, leads the listener imperiously forward into the spirit world of the infinite! …

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